Summer Gardening

As we get into summer, you will have to turn your attention to watering to keep up the growth of plants. A few rainy days in summer are not enough to replenish the soil's moisture. We recommend you give your plants a deep watering to keep them healthy and vigorous. Light watering results in shallow roots and a plant that is easily stressed. Hanging baskets can dry out very quickly in hot weather. Lift the baskets slightly to check the weight. This will indicate how much water it has. If it feels light - water it!

Landscape planting can be done during the summer months, if a few steps are taken to reduce stress on the plants. A few tips are: plant on cool days or in the evenings. Fill the hole with water before planting to create a reserve of moisture and water deeply once or twice a week.


The food garden should be fully planted by June. As the spring crops such as spinach, peas and radishes are harvested, space will be created for the new crops. If tomatoes are being planted, get the largest sizes available.

Planting of winter vegetables will start in July. We will have either seed or transplants available. Pick up a free West Coast Seeds catalogue for information on timing and plants to grow. With the concept of having a kitchen garden in your yard, you may be able to pick something from the garden almost every day of the year.


Keep your annuals looking fresh with regular dead heading of faded flowers and fertilizing to encourage new growth. Many plants should last well into October if there are no prolonged periods of rain.

Summer Flowering Plants

Roses have begun their summer long display of colour and fragrance. They can repeat another bloom cycle by cutting back to a 5 part flower and fertilizing to encourage new growth. Equally impressive are hydrangeas with blooms through July and into August. Many attractive new hybrids with large colourful blooms have become available in the last few years.

Other plants for summer colour are: Heathers, Hardy Hibiscus, Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Montbretia to name a few.

This is a great time of year to wander around the nursery to see all the various plants in their summer colours.

Vegetable Planting Chart for Coastal BC

We are getting many enquiries as to what to seed and when, or what to plant and when! Luckily, West Coast Seeds has provided an excellent planting chart for our area. To view their planting chart which includes information on when to start your seeds indoors, when to direct seed outdoors, when to transplant, cover your seedlings and transplant and cover your vegetables view their chart here.

Waterfall outside Dinter Nursery